IBD Flare Advice

What do I do if I have a flare up of my condition?

  • Maximise the treatment that you are already taking.  Increase your medication to the maximum that you are allowed. i.e Maximum dose for Pentasa 4g, Octasa 4,8g, Mezevant 4.8g, Asacol 4.8g

  • Add any rectal therapy such as enemas or suppositories that you may have been prescribed.

  • Monitor your bowel frequency over the last couple of days to ascertain any abnormal pattern.

  • Monitor your food intake for the last couple of days to determine if any food may have triggered this.

  • Have you been in contact with anyone with a stomach bug lately?

  • Contact the IBD Helpline Flareline on 01843 225544 Ext 725 3132 if you have undertaken the following and still experiencing issues.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Flare Line

If you are experiencing a flare or need support and guidance with your inflammatory bowel disease, you can contact the IBD Flare Line. This is open 24 hours a day and calls will be responded to within 48 hours (weekdays).  Your call will be responded to by the IBD Administrator who will triage your call with you and arrange a telephone consultation with the IBD Nurse.

Please contact 01843 225544 Ext 725 3132 or email ekhuft.IBD@nhs.net and leave the following details:

  • Your name
  • Your hospital/NHS number
  • Your contact details
  • A brief message highlighting your issues


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